Entries by Jordan M. Joy, PhDc, CSCS, CISSN

Using Variable Resistance to Bust Through Plateaus

Variable resistance training, or VRT, has been a fixture in powerlifting for decades. In this context, VRT specifically refers to resistance training with elastic bands or chains attached to a barbell, mostly in the squat, bench press, and deadlift exercises. These are not thera-bands or machines with lumpy cams; we’re talking about real-deal exercises with […]

Concurrent Training

Concurrent training is inclusion of both resistance and endurance training within the same training program. For example, if you lift weights on Monday and run a few miles on Tuesday, then repeat this pattern throughout the week or in the same day, you are training concurrently. This can be advantageous for reducing body fat compared […]

Creatine Monohydrate and Creatine Derivatives

Creatine Monohydrate is a naturally occurring organic acid. It is the original and likely the most effective form of supplemental creatine on a gram-for-gram basis compared to creatine malate, creatine hydrochloride, creatine ethyl-ester and others. Those other forms are sexy though, huh? Ethel and Esther were the best looking ladies at the senior strip tease […]

Low Carb Performance

What if I were to tell you that you’ve been lied to about carbs and fats for probably your entire life? Would you call me a liar? Would you say show me the data? Would I be a zealot of some form? Or would you be open to a paradigmatic shift in your thoughts about […]

Pragmatism in Low-Carb Athletics

    Starting at an early age, I had already begun internally challenging nutritional rhetoric. As a kid, breakfast cereal was my jam, but I still remember that while I sat at the table, slurping down all that soggy goodness that is unique to breakfast cereal, I would read the cereal box and ironically wonder […]